The Next Big Thing has now landed at prepaid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Customers can now pick one up from the aforementioned carriers without having to sign a conventional service contract. The only caveat is that they will have to pay the full cost upfront since prepaid carriers don’t subsidize devices or offer them on installments, but hey, that’s the price you pay for not letting a carrier tie you down.
Since its a Samsung flagship the Galaxy S5 isn’t exactly a cheap phone. Even on a contract customers have to pay $200 plus tax upfront and continue to pay for the device over two years. Most major carriers now offer equipment installment plans which let customers pay off the device in 24 equal monthly payments, with the option to upgrade the device in between.
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile both are selling the Galaxy S5 off contract for $599. Certainly a hefty price to pay but all high-end models are usually price in this bracket when sold without contracts and subsidies.
Both carriers offer a variety of monthly prepaid plans. Boost’s plans start from $40 a month offering unlimited talk and text with 500GB of mobile data. The other prepaid brand offers plans as low as $35 per month with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and data, though it is throttled after users pass 2.5GB. Both prepaid carriers use the Sprint network for voice and data.